Genghis Khan (1162 – 1227) is known for having unified the Mongolian tribes and establishing a large empire in Central Asia. He used ingenious military tactics and ferocious brutality to defeat the Chinese dynasties in the south
There is a striking contrast between Edison’s image of individual ingenuity, and the reality of intensive, production-line invention that he pioneered.
The coronavirus that has triggered an outbreak of a deadly respiratory illness in China this winter has a surprising origin: Wuhan krait and cobra snakes.
The new human coronavirus outbreak is linked to a market in Wuhan, which sold meat and live animals. The virus causes severe pneumonia symptoms such as running nose, fever and sore throat.
There are 118 known elements in the periodic table but only 90 that occur in nature. The rest are mostly lab-created super-heavy mass substances.
SpaceX’s major breakthroughs have come through recovering and reusing as much of the rocket and launch vehicle as possible.
Bed bugs bites are unpleasant but not particularly dangerous. They were able to make a comeback thanks to a phenomenon known as pesticide resistance.
Lebanon is located on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean. Its capital, Beirut, is located on at a midpoint of Lebanon’s coast 10,691 km far from the US.
Elvis Presley recorded the song “If I Can Dream” just two months after the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. Both were born and raised in the Deep South.
It will take 217 years for women to achieve equal pay according to the WEF. So we can expect many stories such as the case of Carrie Gracie at the BBC.
Hackers may not only be reading your published research work – they could also be tracking your online activity and even listening in on your conversations.
Study found that college-educated law enforcement officers were more likely than others to search the vehicles they pulled over.
Around one in 20 homes in Central and West London lies empty, according to the United Kingdom government’s statistics agency.
In late February 2019, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the organization that manages the IP addresses and domain names used on the web, issued a warning on the risks of systemic Internet attacks.
When enough of these antenna elements – 256 in this case – are combined together just right into what antenna engineers call an array, the whole can transmit and receive much greater power.
We can build metamaterials to respond in particular ways to certain frequencies of light. For example, we can create a smart filter for infrared cameras.
When the Sex Pistols came out with “God Save the Queen” 40 years ago, on May 27, 1977, it was instantly greeted with widespread, visceral condemnation.
Dance and movement therapy goes beyond simply dancing. DMT uses dance and movement to promote insight, integration and well-being.
Annual emissions due to energy loss from the transmission of electricity on the power grid is more than emissions from some industries. Measured in millions of metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents.
The Apostrophe Protection Society is no more. John Richards, who founded the Society in 2001 in order to help maintain the correct use of the “much abused” punctuation mark, has thrown in the towel.
With 100% of its electricity coming from renewable sources, the German town of Wolfhagen is demonstrative of what can be achieved when municipalities adopt innovative approaches to the ownership and governance of key infrastructure.
The European Space Agency (ESA) have fully committed to mission plans to collect samples from the surface of Mars and return them to Earth
Boris Johnson’s bold claim about children in poverty needs careful consideration – it is a very partial truth that completely misrepresents wider realities.
Forty years ago, on Nov. 30, 1979, the English progressive rock band Pink Floyd released its 11th studio album, “The Wall.”
Advertising makes only 18% of Tencent’s total revenue; whereas it makes up 98% of Facebook’s. Yet, Tencent is the most valuable social networking company.
Anxiety: a playlist to calm the mind from a music therapist Shutterstock/Stokkete Elizabeth Coombes, University of South Wales It may seem like we are living in an age of anxiety, where feeling worried, upset and
The LIVELab at McMaster University is a research concert hall. It functions as both a laboratory and theater, opening up opportunities for music research.
Surveillance occurred through the collection of documents, audio, video, human odors – and around two million photographs now held in the Stasi archive.
Sweden’s central bank says it will no longer invest in assets from governments with large climate footprints, even if the yields were high.
Some people may contain intestinal microbes that are secreting alcohol, which might make them act as if they were drinking.
When Neil Armstrong stepped on to the Moon, Australians saw the images first. They used a second Aussie dish to bring the historic images to the world.
The UK continues being home to the large majority of the EU millionaire bankers. About 3,567 of them live in the UK, whereas only 390 live in Germany, 233 in France and 201 in Italy.
Mike Tyson was born on June 30th, 1966 in Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York. His real name is Michael Gerard Tyson. He started competing as a professional boxer in 1985 and retired twenty years later in 2005.
Wednesday’s public testimony in the House of Representatives’ impeachment hearings did not make a lot of news about the substance of what is at stake.
The police threatened the Iraqi protesters with trained dogs. One of the protesters answered by bringing a lion and threatening to let it attack both the dogs and the police.
An analysis by the Carbon Disclosure Project shows that investor-owned oil companies currently are spending 1% to 4% of their capital investment on low-carbon energy sources.
Samoans have become the most overrepresented group, per capita, in the NFL. About 180,000 people of Samoans descent live stateside, while another 55,000 live in American Samoa, a U.S. territory.
New York’s Union Square gained a reputation as a site for political rallies during the Civil War. Following the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter in 1861.
Imagine a defense operation in which a drone is sent out to spy on enemy territory. The enemy identifies the drone but instead of disabling it, compromises the sensors (vision, sonar, and so on) to inject false data.
Local action on light pollution – by people in their homes or local councils dimming and reducing non-essential lighting in parks – might seem small in scale, but the results can be impressive.
The rotting remains of a number of tigers, lions and cougars were recently discovered in a raid in Prague. Exotic wildlife trade is booming in Europe.
The European Union is the largest U.S. trading partner in terms of its total bilateral trade and has been for the past several decades.
One in every 200 people in Britain is homeless – sleeping on the streets or stuck in temporary accommodation, including hostels and B&Bs.
A video of the harpy eagle, filmed in South America in 2015.
This video was filmed in Toulouse, France, on December 9th 2010. It clearly shows a source of light that is neither an airplane, nor a known celestial object.
In 1962, NBC and CBS were at work on two separate, secret documentaries on escape tunnels being dug under the Berlin Wall.
A Brazilian court has decided in favor of Monsanto, the agribusiness conglomerate, in a landmark class-action lawsuit filed by Brazilian farmers’ unions.
McDonald’s ousted its CEO over a consensual relationship with an employee, just a week after U.S. Rep. Katie Hill stepped down due to a similar allegation.
Along with surfing, climbing and skateboarding, break dancing has been proposed for inclusion at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
Research reveals evidence of a copper-mining bonanza in Wales 3,600 years ago that reached France, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Sweden.
While Donald Trump may be “the world’s most powerful climate change denier”, our latest research suggests that he took over over a thriving green economy.
In baseball’s infancy, it was thought of as a boy’s game. But over the course of the 19th century, gambling deepened adult interest in the sport.
Bike rider smashes car’s window in a violent road rage then gets beaten up.
Comodo dragon eating monkey in a shocking video.
Americans will spend US$8.8 billion on Halloween candy, costumes and decorations this year, including half a billion dollars on costumes for their pets.
During the Italian Open, tennis pro Nick Kyrgios threw a chair onto the court after receiving an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
The European Commission has exceeded the target set by President Jean-Claude Juncker in 2014 committing that, by the end of his mandate, 40% of the Commission’s middle and senior managers should be women.
The spatial memory performance of the New Zealand robin, shows male birds with superior memory abilities also have better breeding success.
Research has shown that children of poorer parents display substantially worse math and reading skills by the time they start grade school.
The NEU suggests that, when inflation is taken into account, over 16,000 schools will have less income in April 2020, compared to 2015.
Thanks to the audio recordings of distant rumblings on Mars released this week by NASA, we finally know what the red planet sounds like.
Democrats are more likely to pronounce “Iraq” as “ear-rock,” rather than “eye-rack” and “Chile” as “chee-lay,” rather than “chill-ee”.
One of the most stunning and beautiful places in the world, the Wulingyuan Scenic Area in China’s Hunan Province has more than 3,000 sandstone pillars.
The oldest surviving animated feature was not made by Walt Disney, but by a German puppeteer named Lotte Reiniger: The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926).
Once out of the EU, Britain has less bargaining power. Its future relationship is still to be negotiated – and that arrangement will last.
John Coltrane – a giant of the jazz world – wrote and recorded in 1964 a soundtrack for the French-Canadian movie Le Chat Dans le Sac.
If you’re reading this in a comfortable chair, surrounded by tasteful soft furnishings and perhaps even a candle or two, that sense of cosiness you’re feeling might just be hygge.
Sadly, despite all evidence to the contrary, many principals do believe that corporal punishment is effective for some students.
The jet-setting habits of Bill Gates and Paris Hilton mean that they produce 10,000 times more carbon emissions from flying than the average person.
Something as criminal as forced labour and modern slavery makes it hard for buyers to act in any other way than reporting it to the authorities.
London has been officially designated the world’s first national park city, with a week-long festival of free outdoor events and a ceremony at City Hall to mark the occasion.
The plane uses electroaerodynamic propulsion, which was investigated as far back as the 1920s by an eccentric scientist who was researching anti-gravity.
Formula one companies have been reinventing themselves for the digital era and selling their tech know-how to other sectors.
Elfdalian is used only by 2,500 people but is a treasure trove for linguists. It has preserved linguistic features that can’t be found elsewhere.
Bald eagle walking on the beach at Anchor Point on the Cook Inlet and Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. The eagle was enjoying a fish snack.
At a summit in early December 2019, NATO is expected to declare space as a “warfighting domain”, partly in response to new developments in technology.
The jury of eight men and four women found Paul Gascoigne not guilty of sexual assault. He was also cleared of the lesser charge of common assault.
Countries such as Russia and somewhat less explicitly Brazil and Belgium hold that the moon and asteroids belong to humanity as a whole.
Netherlands Police are training eagles to catch drones to prevent illegal use. They said that they will investigate the birds’ safety as safety continue.
What if we could generate electricity from the cold night sky? Researchers at Stanford and UCLA have just done exactly that.
One of the most famous jester figures of the modern age is the Joker, who made his debut in the first issue of Batman comics in 1940.
If the House of Representatives concludes its impeachment inquiry by passing articles of impeachment of President Trump, attention will turn to the Senate.
The BBC has announced that 2020 will mark the end of the Red Button text service – the final incarnation of what was originally known as CEEFAX and Oracle.
For example, a natural flavoring called castoreum is a thick odorous secretion obtained from the anal glands of beavers.
Why is German soccer so dominated by players and clubs from the West? And what does this imbalance say about the state of the German reunification?
We’ve been following a Swiss population of barn owls for more than 20 years, monitoring their hunting behavior with cameras and GPS trackers.
Mainland Europe has always been essential to Britain’s prosperity. When the relationship with Europe is poor, the lot of ordinary Briton is poorer for it.
Car-free Paris? It was already a dream in 1790 Le Pont-Neuf et la Pompe de la Samaritaine, vue du quai de la Mégisserie, painting by Nicolas Raguenet (circa 1750-1760). Musée Carnavalet Arnaud Exbalin, Université Paris
How will they adapt as fossil fuel demand wanes with the rise of renewable energy and battery power? The answer is plastic.
The intended closure of Ford’s Bridgend engine plant in 2020, with the loss of 1,700 industry jobs, has sent shock waves through Wales.
The pretzel, a German food, and one of the fastest-growing snack foods in the world, recently crossed a billion dollars a year in sales.
Pyt doesn’t have an exact English translation. It’s more a cultural concept about cultivating healthy thoughts to deal with stress.
The concept of a circular economy which is actively supported by influential institutions such as the Ellen MacArthur foundation, or EU research programs.
29 states passed legislation allowing computer science to count in place of a science course. Are these changes are helping students or hurting them?
The beauty of puddle waves is no small thing by itself. By connecting nature with its primal language – mathematics – we gain access to its control panel.
Identification parades can be powerful evidence in securing convictions in criminal cases. But eyewitness evidence is notoriously prone to errors.
Consultant anaesthetist at Torbay Hospital on England’s south coast has developed statistical methods to help spot signs of fraud in medical research.
Papp’s fight to monitor her mother’s care reflects a reasonable fear. About 1.3 million Americans live in nursing homes, and elder abuse can be a killer.
Babe Ruth’s famous, and controversial, “called shot” home run during Game 3 of the 1932 World Series between the New York Yankees and the Chicago Cubs
The Beatles’ album “Abbey Road” holds a special place in the hearts of the band’s fans. But few realize how groundbreaking its tracks were for the band.
The Russian scholar, Andrei Fursov, explains in this video the reason why the British authorities insist to keep Rudolf Hess’s files classified until 2050.
Based on almost 7k peer-reviewed research, the report is a cutting-edge crash course in how human-caused climate breakdown is changing our ice and oceans.
Traditional passwords are something you know. Biometric features are something you are. Unlike passwords, biometric data can’t be changed if it’s stolen.
New research estimates that $420 billion in corporate profits is shifted out of 79 countries every year. This equates to $125 billion in lost tax revenue.
An international team of scientists is constructing the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope in Chile, which will be an essential tool for asteroids alert.
The world should be inspired by Swedish culture, with more fika, more time for leisurely reading about non-work topics, and more lagom towards jobs.
Over one million UK SMEs, around a quarter of the total, were concerned about how Brexit would affect the success of their business.
Backpfeifengesicht may join other German words that have found a place in English, like Weltschmerz (world-weariness) and Zeitgeist (spirit of the time).
The fires raging across the Amazon have captured the world’s attention. Meanwhile, the second-largest forest, Gran Chaco, is disappearing in plain sight.
Instead of trying to ban Snowden book, the US authorities have tried something else. They are suing the publisher Macmillan, seeking to seize any profits.
Labour has reaffirmed its plans to rid the UK of zero-hours contracts, said shadow chancellor John McDonnell at the Labour Party conference.
Thomas Cook’s enormous 178-years heritage is about to be lost and a number of business historians are fighting to save it.
According to new IMF research, countries need no longer rely on manufacturing for productivity growth. Here are five reasons why IMF is wrong.
BlackRock, Vanguard and State Street are the largest shareholders in 90% of S&P 500 stock, including Apple, Microsoft, ExxonMobil, General Electric and Coca-Cola.
The arrest of two six-year-olds in a Florida school in October has shown, sometimes one threat to the students is the officers themselves.
New study by researchers at University College London shows that pockets of London’s urban jungle store as much carbon per hectare as tropical rainforests.
Clay vessels that have been found in Germany could have been used to supplement breast milk and wean children more than 5,000 years ago.
Physicists at Colorado State University have developed a facility that allows researchers to deliver a slow and realistic deep space radiation exposure.
In 2017, EU countries spent US$87 billion subsidizing the cost of fossil fuels. This is nearly 2.5 times more than they spent in 2010.
People providing their personal information to the government, to access government services, are doing so through necessity, not choice.
Using daily observations from 2011-2018, we created an ANN with three predictors: returns, 50-day buy-sell signal and 200-day buy-sell signal.
One of the most striking elements of the data is the ease with which people, especially young people, can obtain controlled drugs.
There’s growing evidence for the use of cannabis in treating opioid addiction. A study of found that those who used cannabis used opioids less often.
Researchers have found links between sexting and factors such as sexual activity, drugs and alcohol use and emotional health.
Fifty years ago, the Rolling Stones released their breakthrough single (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, which debuted during the first week of June 1965.
Millennials have racked up over US$1 trillion of debt. Yet, in comparison to previous generations this group is significantly more fiscally conservative.
The laser scanning technology that has enabled this and other recent mammoth tree discoveries isn’t just a plaything for tree lovers.
New York has the second most expensive rental market in the United States. More than half of all New Yorkers spend more than 30% of their income on housing.
Barcelona’s urban superblocks are neighborhoods of nine blocks, where traffic is restricted to major roads, opening up streets to pedestrians.
This animation takes you through 1000 years of history in about 8 minutes, 140 events that feature 500 characters from different historical periods.
The experience feels like waves of pleasure running all over your skin. Some researchers have even dubbed it a “skin orgasm.”
Reforms to the way local authorities are funded are the most radical and least discussed changes made by conservative governments since 2010.
Around 80% of the American respondents reported believing that climate change was occurring “somewhat” or “to a great extent.”
Household consumption – food, housing, transportation, apparel and other personal services – is an important contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.
We asked people to do climate change maths. Their answers depended on their politics Will J Grant, Australian National University In an ideal world, people would look at issues with a clear focus only on
The Australian Classification Board has refused classification for at least four video games, effectively banning them in Australia.
Musk is reported to be planning for up to 12,000 satellites in low Earth orbit. But this fleet of satellites could forever change our view of the heavens.
Each day brings with it new drama in United Kingdom’s politics and the course of Brexit – and it’s playing havoc with the UK economy.
The invective was directed against a man Guthrie had dubbed his “worst enemy”: Fred C. Trump, the landlord of the Beach Haven apartment complex.
As the EU research budget has grown (from €3.8b in the 1980s to €100b for 2021-27), so has the pressure to produce greater socioeconomic benefit.
Fifty years ago – in September 1968 – the legendary rock band Led Zeppelin first performed together, kicking off a Scandinavian tour billed as the New Yardbirds.
Venus is a planet almost exactly like Earth. It’s about the same size, is made of about the same stuff and formed around the same star.
Hawke and Keating were a dynamic duo of creative economics leadership. They reformed all aspects of Australia’s struggling economy.
Boris Johnson has adopted what the late Nobel laureate game theorist, Thomas Schelling called the “madman theory” in his parliament suspension.
Eyewitness accounts video recording of Lincoln’s assassination.
According to our new research, UK shale gas reserves may be just one sixth of the current official estimate; 1,300 trillion cubic ft down to 200 trillion.
Poland changed the site of the usual WWII commemoration ceremony from Westerplatte to Warsaw and, for the first time, invited a U.S. president to speak.
One of the most powerful, searing renditions of the national anthem ever recorded, Jimi Hendrix’s iconic Woodstock anthem, almost never happened.
People may be worried about nuclear tensions rising, but I think they’re missing the fact that a major cyberattack could be just as damaging.
The number of Americans who died each year from a drug overdose while taking prescription painkillers soared from 3,500 in 1999 to more than 17,000 in 2017.
The arctic and far North are burning. This summer, over 600 wildfires have consumed more than 2.4 million acres of forest across Alaska.
Faceapp can do whatever it likes with your photos. More concerning is the range of disturbing conditions users unwittingly sign up to.
The number of divorced persons per 1,000 Americans fell from 4.7 in 1990 to 2.9 in 2016. Who is driving this downward trend?
On World Metrology Day 2019, the kilogram was fundamentally redefined. Its value is now defined by the energetics of a hoard of photons.
A jury has decided that Katy Perry should pay $2.8m in damages to Flame for copyright infringement of his song Joyful Noise.
English clubs spent £1.24 billion in 2018, even though they just reached 2017 record of £1.4 billion, 2019 window seems to have been an endurance event.
Sonogenetics offers a novel therapeutic strategy for various movement-related disorders including Parkinson’s, epilepsy and dyskinesia.
More than 90 percent of corner three-point shots are assisted, while shots above the break are assisted at a rate just above 70 percent.
Out of the 600 bacteria we found, nearly half were MRSA and multidrug resistant, meaning they were immune to treatment from several types of antibiotics.
Germans not only save more than their UK counterparts, but the deep rooted national habit has more implications for Germany than those numbers would reveal.
For elite athletes like professional basketball players, muscle stiffness is not only something that is necessary, you could say it’s their superpower.
The devastating health effects of the opioid epidemic have been well documented, with over 700,000 overdose deaths and millions more affected.
Civil asset forfeiture laws let authorities seize property – cash, a house, a car, a cellphone – that they suspect is involved in criminal activity.
By 2050, Gateway Earth – a fully operational space station with a facility to recycle old satellites and other junk – could be up and running.
A few months before the 2016 election, an even bigger algorithm change toward friends and family posts took a second toll on publisher traffic.
Fresenius, one of the largest dialysis providers in the U.S., has agreed to waive a $524k bill for a man who received 14 weeks of dialysis.
Secretive World Bank tribunal ordered Pakistan to pay a mining company $5.8 billion — nearly as much as the IMF loan — to resolve a dispute.
It is hard to pin down just what it is Johnson believes in, given his habit of doing and saying whatever is needed to achieve his goals.
It seems that recent changes to the ball are playing a role in the uptick in home runs. Other factors are the climate and advanced analytics.
When all the officers that fired at a civilian were black, a person was 2.0 times more likely to be black than when all the officers who fired were white.
The gap in GDP per capita between richer and poorer countries is 25% higher than it would have been in a climate-stable world.
The Cincinnati Red Stockings became the first professional baseball team in 1869 and went on to win an unprecedented 81 straight games.
Washington state enacted the landmark Workforce Education Investment Act into law in May 2019. The main idea behind it is to make college more affordable.
Premier League clubs paid £217m in wages to injured players in 2017-2018. So financially, football clubs need to ensure a footballer can actually play.
Engineers have suggested reconstructing the Golden Gate Bridge in a way that would limit ongoing maintenance and operation bills.
Face recognition highlights bigger questions around which types of surveillance cameras and systems are acceptable to society.
The question of whether or not to go for the upgrade or stick with the devil you know is an increasingly common contemporary dilemma
The Green Bay Packers are the only team with a president instead of an owner. All its money goes back to the community, the fans. A pioneering model.
In 1914, France, Germany, and Italy made passports mandatory. The passport conference of 1920 wanted to restore the pre-war freedom of movement regime.
The high stakes standoff between Elsevier, the world’s largest publisher of scholarly research, and the University of California.
Some video games track your activity as you play. The aim is to create systems that can learn about the game, and coach you to become a competent player.
Pauses in answers, body movements, elusive or angry looks, confusion, anxiety — the facial expressions and gestures made by witnesses matter in court.
The glue has the potential for many unique applications and is biodegradable, water soluble and stays sticky for months or even years.
The Toronto Raptors have won their first NBA title in franchise history, and their star player, Kawhi Leonard, was crowned the most valuable player.
Trump wants to dismantle the agency overseeing 2 million federal workers – and weaken safeguards against partisanship.
Facebook has unveiled libra, a controversial cryptocurrency that will enable users to make international payments over Messenger and other group platforms.
Music matters for its own sake, but also because music engagement is significantly related to better high school achievement.
The proposal’s function is to give law enforcement power to listen in on encrypted apps communications (like those on WhatsApp, for example).
Large parts of Europe have been passively rewilding for decades as people have moved out of rural areas toward urban conglomerations.
Counterfeit alcohol brings a new level of risk, as it may include added ingredients, such as methanol, known to be extremely harmful to health.
How can we be sure that hobbyists aren’t launching their own “spy” satellites, or deploying low-cost CubeSat networks that could be used nefariously?
“Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom” has been preserved – and has been accessible to the public – at Indiana University’s Lilly Library.
Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement, a no-deal Brexit, staying in the customs union, staying in the single market, and the so-called Common Market 2.0 idea.
China’s sponge city initiative has an ambitious goal: by 2020, 80% of urban areas should absorb and re-use at least 70% of rainwater.
Faced with U.S. rejection of international criminal justice, supporters of the ICC usually invoke the precedent of the Nuremberg Trials.
Debt is a growing problem for people on low incomes and it has been made worse by the austerity policies that followed the 2007-08 financial crisis.
In less than 48 hours, Suharto had roundly defeated the 30th September Movement. At about the same time, the abductees’ bodies were found in an old well in an area known as Lubang Buaya (Crocodile Hole) in east Jakarta.
McEwan questions what it means to be human – if these machines are just like me, does that mean they have rights, like me?
The Fourth of July can be a miserable day for dogs. That’s because dogs are hardwired to be afraid of sudden, loud noises.
While Apollo was an example of engineering on a heroic scale, future space ventures can deliver lasting societal benefits beyond flags and footprints.
There is nothing natural about money. There is no link to some scarce essential form of money that sets a limit to its creation.
Discovering a new drug is one of the most challenging tasks in biology. It takes over 10 years and about US$2.6 billion to bring an average drug to market.
The guts of an Apple iPhone show exactly what Trump gets wrong about trade The components of an iPhone add up to a different cost than the phone itself. Poravute Siriphiroon/Shutterstock.com Jason Dedrick, Syracuse University;
Those who may have some income but lack other key necessities, like health insurance and quality education, are invisible in official poverty data.
UK employees have the longest working week in the European Union. But this does not make the UK a more productive nation.
Injuries occur much more frequently than many may realize. A 2014 analysis found that more than 1,750 fans are hurt each year by batted balls at MLB games.
The dominant credit rating agencies – S&P, Moody’s and Fitch – have been accused of faults including: false ratings, flawed methodology, and political bias.
“Like all enterprise DLT it is blockchain in name only and an monopoly to extract massive seignorage from billions of users. A monopoly scam” says Roubini.
Today, 80 per cent of Quebec fathers stop working when a child arrives so they can help care for their little one for several weeks.
One of the surprises of the contest to become leader of the Conservative Party – and with it prime minister – has been the candidacy of Rory Stewart.
Roughly two out of every three arrests by state and local law enforcement target small-time offenders who are carrying less than a gram of illegal drugs.
Since sportswriter Henry Chadwick popularized the box score in the 19th century, baseball fans have had a love affair with statistics.
Every year an increasing number of health tourists are travelling to Eastern bloc countries to receive an old Soviet medical treatment.
In a new study, a deep neural network was trained for simple visual object detection spontaneously developed this kind of number sense.
Researchers are working with Chelsea football academy to develop a system to measure decision-making skills using artificial intelligence (AI).
Oswald had two interview on the New Orleans radio station WDSU. The first program took place on August 17, 1963. The second on August 21, 1963.
Hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits, also known as sexual assault kits (SAKs), languish in evidence storage facilities across the U.S.
The people of Baltimore are under an electronic siege that has prevented residents from obtaining building permits and business licenses.
In 1972, more than 90% of female collegiate athletes were coached by women. Today that number hovers around 42% at the NCAA Division I level.
The striking landscape of Game of Thrones has led some researchers to build climate simulations that explain the erratic seasons depicted in the show.
When allied troops stormed the beaches at Normandy on June 6, 1944, they were using a remarkable and entirely untested technology: artificial ports.
Researchers from the University of Michigan have found a new way of using sound to interfere with devices containing accelerometers.
Allen Ginsberg, counterculture icon, and CIA director R.Helms met in 1971 in a drawing room of the Corcoran Gallery, in a fittingly bizarre encounter.
There is no place in the country where a family supported by one minimum-wage worker with a full-time job can live and afford a 2-bedroom apartment at the average fair-market rent.
U.S. Laws Protect Police While Endangering Civilians. The ritual of an unnecessary police killing with no real accountability has become painfully familiar.
A Few Days With Lenin And Trotsky In 1920 By the American cartoonist Ellison Hoover.
What the UK population will look like by 2061 under hard, soft or no Brexit scenarios DeymosHR/Shutterstock Nik Lomax, University of Leeds; Paul Norman, University of Leeds; Philip Rees, University of Leeds, and Pia Wohland,
The Wellbeing Budget signals a new approach to the way governments work, by placing the wellbeing of New Zealanders at the heart of what we do.
Indiana governor signed legislation to provide state compensation for innocent Hoosiers who were exonerated of crimes they did not commit.
UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) signed a joint statement on their wish to cooperate on the challenge of space debris.
Genealogists help solve crimes, sometimes identifying suspects with the DNA of distant relatives they’ve never met. Concerns about privacy issues persist.
The best way to avoid privacy problems is to take the task of privacy protection away from humans and entrust it to the computers themselves.
The echoes of empire have continued to reverberate in British political life. These echoes had a strong influence on why people voted for Brexit.
From April 2019, Facebook will request ID verification for people who wish to advertise or promote political posts or ads.
While imprisoned, he made a series of pencil drawings on the back of stray sheets of paper to document the brutality of his time spent behind bars.
The events of medieval Britain were a source of inspiration in Game of Thrones. Characters’ names contain hints at events yet to come.
“The Nobel Prize has interrupted my work. I’m not sure it is a useful interruption, though it certainly is a pleasant one.” 2010 Physics laureate Andre Geim.
Facebook’s ‘transparency’ efforts hide key reasons for showing ads Why is that ad targeting you? Olivier Le Moal/Shutterstock.com Oana Goga, Université Grenoble Alpes Facebook’s advertising platform was not built to help social media users understand
The final baboon species, the chacma baboon from South Africa (known for raiding tourist vehicles to steal treats) is predicted the worst habitat loss.
what are the options for Remainers in the European Elections? With so many options, the vote is likely to be split across several parties.
Millions of cryptocurrency investors have been scammed out of massive real money. In 2018, losses from cryptocurrency-related crimes were US$1.7 billion.
Unlike Bitcoin, which is not pegged to any other currency, Facecoin will need the backing of real money to maintain its fixed price.
Complications and Quandaries in the ICT Sector – Standard Essential Patents and Competition Issues Ashish Bharadwaj, Vishwas H. Devaiah, Indranath Gupta Introduction Many countries have formulated policies and re-oriented their economy to foster innovation as
Marijuana is more than just a source of cannabinoids. It is a particularly rich source of medicinal compounds that we have only begun to explore.
Despite the endless string of unpredictable digits that make up pi, it’s not a random number. And it actually contains all sorts of surprising patterns.
MLB’s biggest problem isn’t pace of play, it’s teams tanking. Tanking, or intentionally losing, is corrupting the standings and the future of baseball.
Newly declassified United States military and intelligence documents recently delivered to Argentina offer new details about the country’s brutal military.
Rare poisonous books on various historical topics in the University of Southern Denmark’s library collection contain large concentrations of arsenic on their covers.
To win the battle of artificial intelligence, the digital law has to increasingly integrate other disciplines especially computer science and cognitive psychology.
The annual cost of child poverty comes to around $1 trillion. Meanwhile, every dollar spent reducing child poverty is estimated to yield $7 in the future.
Algorithms are maximizing profits for online retailers by colluding to set prices above where they would otherwise be in a competitive market.
Can the brain’s conscious mechanisms exert a significant influence on the body’s autonomic functions? New research suggests yes.
Romantic partners are significantly more likely to kick or hit, family members more likely to stab and neighbors more likely to poison an animal.
The suit alleges these companies deceptively and illegally promoted opioids and that they failed to investigate, report, maintain effective control, and take steps to terminate suspicious orders of the highly addictive prescription drugs.
Workers timekeeping software was the focus of a study that documents how it could be used to facilitate wage theft. And it’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Open-source approach must be adopted by medical implants’ manufacturers. This will reduce vulnerability to attacks and faulty code.
Fire managers intentionally ignite fires within a predetermined forests area to burn brush, smaller trees and other plant matter.
Between 1936 and 1966, all books published in Spain had to be submitted to Franco’s national board of censors for examination.
The story of the rise and fall of mathematics in Göttingen has been forgotten, but its legacy survives in other mathematical powerhouses around the world.
Benefits, particularly those that employees deem necessary or exceptionally valuable, enable employers to exercise surveillance over workers.
Returning to a lower dose of antidepressants and slowing down the discontinuation over a longer period may be a sensible way to go.
With three million unfilled cybersecurity posts worldwide, the only way to fill such a large job gap is to employ hackers.
Whether you’re using a phone, tablet, PC or other devices, the most useful zero-cost action you can take is to uninstall unnecessary apps and add-ons.
No woman in history has ever been afforded such lavish media coverage. Maybe Diana, Princess of Wales. For now, Kim Kardashian is never out of the media.
In 1929, Faulkner was a newlywed who had recently moved out of his parents’ on the University of Mississippi’s campus to an apartment a few blocks away.
History shows that mathematics is much more than equations and facts. It’s a living discipline shaped, in part, by the political forces around it.
When it comes to car hacking, you should be more worried about dodgy mechanic dealers than one-off hackers with criminal intent.
Nevada bill will compensate men and women wrongfully convicted in the state for the years they spent behind bars and grant them certificates of innocence.
The Matrix reaches for a view close to that of the 18th century philosopher, Kant, who insisted that reality conforms to the terms of our perception.
January 31, 2019 is the centenary of Bloody Friday 1919, in which thousands of protesting workers were attacked in Glasgow’s main civic square by police.
She is the extraordinary World War I nurse who wrote like Hemingway before Hemingway. She was arguably the originator of his famous style.
April 15 is the day when the five largest tobacco companies pay US$9 billion dollars to state governments, each and every year, forever.
Researchers attempted to replicate what the FBI had wanted to do on an Android phone to crack it open and found some useful results.
Mount Etna slide is caused by gravity, which makes a collapse more likely but we can’t give an indication of when or even if this will actually happen.
Software will help mathematicians solve important problems and enhance their understanding of the nature, beauty and effectiveness of mathematics.
New research finds that exposure to “Game of Thrones” is associated with or resulted in lower levels of just world beliefs.
Europe is seen more expansively and positively in the German textbooks. Unlike the English books, German materials presented clear loyalties to Europe.
CEO was the only one who knew the password to an encrypted offline cryptocurrency repository where the firm had enshrined the vast majority of clients.
Video of a former French boxer punching a group of policemen and pushing them back during the yellow vests protests in Paris.
Austria parliament building in Vienna is a wonderful work of art that looks more like a museum than a political building.
Attackers may embed malicious software in the physical world, just waiting for unsuspecting people to scan it with a smartphone or a specialized device.
Pregnant women in low-income work often face an unappealing choice: lose their job or perform duties that endanger their health and that of their baby.
Black holes are long-time superstars of science fiction. But their Hollywood fame is a little strange given that no-one has ever actually seen one.
To express their anger against the mayor, who had refused to receive them in his office, angry Algerians constructed a wall that traps him inside.
Imagine how much the player and fan experience would improve if more than 34,000 annual umpires incorrect calls vanished.
A Scientist from the University of Rochester explains a simple do-it-yourself optical cloaking device using four mirrors.
Some animals break the “rules” we’ve set for them. If the plant-eating shark was a shock, what about supposedly strict vegetarians turning to meat?
Video of a cat showing signs of possession and trying to talk to his owner in a scary way.
Evolutionary computation has been studied by researchers for over 60 years. Yet, the idea still isn’t used widely outside the research community.
Medical Marijuana industry was worth about US$7.2 billion in 2016, according to Forbes, and is projected to grow at a compound annual rate of 17%.
Strong software engineering, or more usually formal methods, is a methodology that uses mathematics to ensure error-free programming.
Tanenbaum’s famous 1992 comp.os.minix newsgroup posting in which he criticizes Linux’s monolithic kernel as well as Linus Torvald’s very long response.
Many prescription and over the counter drugs as well as foods that are safe for humans are not safe for pets. This includes pot and CBD.
The placebo effect has become an established reality in medicine. In many cases, providing sugar pills leads to the same results as a real treatment.
Cuba medical degrees have become popular among American students. The Cuban education system is debt-free and the medical program is very advanced.
In a long animal cannibalism experiment, the US is accused of feeding dead kittens to healthy ones since 1982. The experiment used over 3000 cats.
Al Pacino’s laughing scene in the movie “And Justice For All” is one of the most hilarious and spontaneous laughing scenes in the history of cinema.
Linus Torvalds was approached by the National Security Agency for backdoor in Linux, according to his father Nils Torvalds.
The Federal Reserve refused in 2013 to let Germany inspect its own gold stored in the US. This raised questions about whether it still in the vaults or not.
Initial review of the new kernel 5.0 of Linux operating system.
Computer motherboard has a small but valuable amount of gold in it. This video describes an easy process of extracting that gold.
The true colors of the ancient statues of the Greek and Roman civilizations.
Crocodile joins a couple who were having a romantic moment in the swimming pool.
New York offered Amazon US$3 billion to build a second HQ on the promise of 25k jobs. Later, Amazon backed out, citing political opposition to its plans.
Who was the umbrella man in the JFK assassination footage?
Do human beings have a magnetic sense? Biologists know other animals do. They think it helps creatures including bees and birds navigate through the world.
Despite their ubiquity in the animal kingdom, a report warned of a “bugpocalypse”, as surveys indicated that insects are declining at an alarming rate.
In the past eight years, more than a third of all cryptocurrency exchanges have been hacked. The total losses exceed US$1 billion.
Ford F-150 is the best-selling vehicle in the US, a title it has held for the last 36 years. More than 40 million F-Series trucks have been sold since 1948.
Computer science and programming education must suit the needs of 21st-century learners. Otherwise, the cost will be a disillusioned workforce.
The millions of people playing “Spider-Man” video game have been unwittingly introduced to principles of quantum mechanics.
When senior executives at companies aren’t tech-savvy, they often lack understanding of what’s at stake and how to quickly protect valuable information.
Critics of industry payments to doctors say they can influence recipients to prescribe drugs that cost more, may not be necessary or are similar to cheaper generics.
Agnotology is not often discussed, because studying the absence of something, in this case knowledge in the post truth world, is incredibly difficult.
Civilization VI, the latest in a popular series of video games adds new features, most notably climate change and natural disasters.
Why is my consciousness here, while yours is over there? Why is the universe split in two for each of us, into a subject and an infinity of objects?
It’s now possible to predict how likely an endangered species is to go extinct, with mathematical models acting as windows into the future.
Women shoot basketball free throws at 3 percent higher consistency than men. Men and women are very close, but the women edge out the men.
Drugs do exist to reverse opioid overdoses or treat long-term opioid addiction. But while opioids have become easier and easier to obtain through illicit markets and sellers on the dark web, a drug that could save countless lives has become increasingly out of reach.
Although the Nobel committee never acknowledged its mistake but the U.S. Department of Energy awarded her the prestigious Fermi Award.
Irish influence on Australian English and on Australians is less than you’d expect on the surface, but everywhere once you start looking.
Global efforts are underway to govern the tools used in cyber attacks, but the expertise of cyber operatives has so far seen limited attention.
After years of growth, publishers reported a fall in their e-book sales, introducing new doubts about the potential of e-books in the publishing industry.
Bees are able to use symbols to perform basic math operations including addition and subtraction, shows new research.
New Caledonian crows can plan out a sequence of three behaviors while using tools in order to solve an intricate problem.
Not content with billions of dollars in profits from a potent painkiller, its maker explored expanding into the treatment of opioid addiction.
The online videogame Fortnite Battle Royale was launched in September 2017. Since then the game had amassed 125 million active players by June and made US$1.2 billion (A$1.6 billion) for the developer, Epic Games.
When the lawsuit went to trial in 2010, the judge granted a request by attorneys to disallow questioning about the officer’s disciplinary history.
The first lunar base would likely be an unmanned facility run by automated robotics – similar to Amazon warehouses – to ensure that the necessary infrastructures and support systems are fully operational before people arrive.
Have you ever seen a spider with ears? Well, no (that would actually look funny!) That’s because spiders use hairs on their legs to listen!
Researchers found that the born-blind subjects did experience rapid eye movements during sleep, even though they were fewer than the eye movements experienced by sighted individuals.
2019 will be a big year for all things related to space; a suggestion borne out by developments at the International Astronautical Federation’s International Astronautical Congress. The event is held each year during the first week of October to commemorate the launch of Sputnik on 4 October 1957.
By touching a door knob or a metal object, heat is transferred from one’s hand into the metal object. However, it is not the heat transfer that makes metals feel cold, otherwise wood would feel just as cold.
Radioactive carbon used in radiocarbon dating is carbon that is radioactive. Since it is active, it is unstable, and therefore tends toward stability. This is common in nature; for example, if you hold an object at a certain height, it has the potential to fall, the potential energy that is.
The story of how the 15th element on the periodic table was discovered stands as one of the great accidents of human endeavor.
As long as you are capable of writing the software to solve the problem, Linux will allow you to create your own complex supercomputer for free.
In 2017, a coalition of states and non-government organizations estimated that there were some 40 million people enslaved worldwide.
Next time people witness the opening of a new business they ought to say, “that ought to buy me more stuff.
In 2005, The New York Times reported that two planes used in the CIA torture program were operated by a contractor based in North Carolina.
Adapting to climate change will be a big challenge for cities and citizens around the world. The good news is that investing in it can be cost-effective.
Apollo 8 is the space mission for the humanities. This was the moment in which humanity realized a dream conceived in our cultural imagination.
The shepherd is walking while his sheeps are standing still.
What about now?
Still, his herd is standing still.
The shepherd starts playing around the field and eating grass,
while its shepherd rests and contemplate.
Nuclear science strives to develop new techniques for discovering new isotopes, understanding their properties, and eventually harvesting them efficiently.
Noise pollution from wind turbines should be measured during environmental impact assessments to ensure effects on the surrounding wildlife are minimized.
A Tribe with a one unit less than a prime number of people worshiped evenness.
They feared oddness.
One was born. Their fear manifested.
Little did they know that primes are indivisible, that one is unity.
Conspiracy is a common form of human behavior across all cultures throughout recorded time, and it has always been particularly widespread in politics.
Making open-source hardware systems more available increases regular people’s security by giving them verifiable secure options.
How much plastic is in the ocean? According to statistician Liberty Vittert, there are 7.2 trillion grocery bags of plastic waste on Earth today.
The EU steps up action against disinformation European Commission – Press release Brussels, 5 December 2018 To protect its democratic systems and public debates and in view of the 2019 European elections as well as
The EU awards 12,000 travel passes for 18 year-olds to explore Europe in 2019 European Commission – Press release Brussels, 29 November 2018 The European Commission is launching a second DiscoverEU competition. From today (12:00
Oil prices are highly variable and completely out of the control of individual executives. So why do executives earn more when oil prices go up?
The Reid technique can even convince some innocent suspects that they are guilty. Suspects will sometimes reenact a crime they did not commit.
The world’s biggest diamond company, De Beers, announced it will start selling synthetic diamond gemstones for the first time in its 130-year history.
In a quite extraordinary French legal judgement, five Michael Jackson fans had successfully sued the former King of Pop’s doctor.
When these scandals strike, charities face a dilemma – keep the money given by the now-tarnished donor or return the tainted funds.
The classic description of the Hum is that it sounds like a truck engine idling. For some, it’s a distant rumbling or droning noise. It can start and stop suddenly or wax and wane over time.
Nothing in the formulation of quantum mechanics that mandates that it should apply only to the very small, and not to the human scale.
While economists generally oppose government intervention in a “free market,” the current situation cries out for change.
Receiving money from opioid makers in one year is associated with doctors prescribing more opioids the next year, according to disclosed data.
Adapting Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights as a romance sells better, and plays down the book’s uncomfortable brutality.
Bitcoin, and other new technologies – such as data centers, computers and before them trains, planes and automobiles – are often energy-intensive.
MANCHESTER’S GIGGS MAGIC GOAL AGAINST ARSENAL – FA CUP SEMI-FINAL 1999 Arsene Wenger: For years it was always THE game of the season that decided the Premier League, at this moment it’s not the case
A plot of global temperatures and the Manchester United Climate Model reveals that half of global warming is the result of Manchester United.
Online information isn’t reliable, whether it is news or search results, and social media is vulnerable to manipulation by hackers or foreign powers.
Research shows that economic pressure pushes drivers to work extremely long hours, contributing significantly to truck crashes.
Facebook is closing its doors to researchers. The latest casualty is the app Netvizz, a research tool used by hundreds of academics.
Media tend to cast the violent acts of white criminals as unfortunate anomalies of illness. For black shooters they render them as inherent criminality.
Digitalcourage filed a complaint at the Constitutional Court against the German government for using Trojan spyware to illegally read encrypted messages.
APPLE’S TRILLION DOLLARS VALUE DOES NOT MEAN IT’S THE BIGGEST COMPANY Jerry Davis, University of Michigan On Aug. 2, Apple became the first U.S. public corporation to achieve a US$1 trillion valuation, making it the
Police in the U.S. kill on average more than 1,000 men per year, or about three men per day, about 8 percent of all adult male homicide deaths.
As Facebook users around the world are coming to understand, some of their favorite technologies can be used against them.
Silicon Valley’s rise is well documented, but the backlash against its culture and unscrupulous corporations hints at an imminent twist in its fate.
George Orwell once said that sport involves “…sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence: in other words it is war minus the shooting”.
Allowing mergers like AT&T and Time Warner will profoundly reshape the American media landscape and may eliminate net neutrality.
A privacy discussion is moving toward fruition with less public attention: the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. US$260 billion are at stake.
Spiders use silk to fly for miles. Using a peculiar breathtaking way, they are able to ride the wind and travel across oceans.
The American patent system was designed to stimulate innovation, but some citizens argue that it’s hurting innovation and limiting access to technology.
The realm of professional sport has been taken by storm by the rise of eSports. These video game events now compete with traditional sports leagues.
In August 2012, a 65 year-old checked in for 30 days of jail time in Oregon for collecting rainwater in man-made ponds without a permit.
Fifty years ago, an American B-52G bomber, carrying four nuclear bombs, crashed onto the sea ice of Wolstenholme Fjord in the northwest corner of Greenland.
A Chinese boy keeps watching his father directing traffic in the rain. They did not see each other in ten days due to special rainstorm traffic duties.
Bikini Bottom, SpongeBob’s home, is based on an actual place in the Pacific Ocean, the location of 23 U.S. nuclear weapons tests during the Cold War era.
Trump is trying to throw world leaders off-balance so that he can extract more trade concessions from them; or he is just adrift.
Virtual reality offers cheap emotions; whereas real experiences connect us to the deeds of past people and place us in contexts where history was made.
Corporate charitable contributions may bend laws and regulations in ways that boost profits rather than serve the public’s interests.
The WHO recommends breastfeeding babies for the first six months of life. Unfortunately, only about a quarter of American babies meet that guideline.
The role of baseball in Japanese-U.S. diplomacy has a long and rich history after it was introduced to the Japanese people in the 1870s.
Serving police officers being members of the Freemasons has been a recurring theme in policing in England and Wales for some 50 years.
Picked up by fiction writers such as Dan Brown, many people think of antimatter as a theoretical idea – unaware that it is actually produced every day.
It’s not clear whether the quantum speed limit is so high it’s unattainable – like the car that will never even get close to the speed of light.